Welcome to Year 4
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Our staff in Year 4
Our projects in Year 4
They Made a Difference
Saving the World
Heptonstall and Rochdale - Contrasting Localities
Spelling lists are given out at the start of the term. Children need to practise their spellings every week ready for their spelling test on Friday. The only exception for this is the children accessing IDL who receive a login to practise at home online.
A learning journal question is set every two weeks and again should be returned on Fridays.
Reading books are given out at the start of the school year.
It is important that parents listen to their child read every night to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. The adult must sign, date and comment in their child's Reading Record. Please ask your child's teacher if you want support in what questions to ask while reading.
Reading books must be in school every day so that teachers and teaching assistants can also read with the children.
Children have PE 3 times over the two week timetable. Please ensure that all children have a PE kit, for indoor and outdoor PE. They will also need trainers for outdoor PE lessons.
4M go swimming every Monday afternoon at the local swimming baths from February until we finish for summer holidays in July.
What do you need to bring for your swimming lessons?
-shorts (above the knee)
-hair tie (to tie long hair back)
-a bag to put all of your swimming things in
Our project for this half term was Ancient Egyptians.
We engaged in lots of exciting and fun learning activities. Here is what we learned:
-creating a timeline of significant events
-using hieroglyphics in our writing
-investigating the significance of the Rive Nile
-research an Egyptian Pharaoh using ipads
-discover and evaluate the objects inside Tutankhamen's tomb
-investigate the process of mummification
-design and create canonic jars
In English, we looked at alternative narratives through the book Egpytian Cinderella.
They Made a Difference
This half term we focused on important people who have influenced and made a
difference in the world. Here is what we learned:
-investigating the life of Marie Curie
-creating a PowerPoint presentation based on Marie Curie's life
-planning and hosting a fundraising event for Marie Curie
-investigating the life of Thomas Edison
-composing a report based on Thomas Edison's discoveries
-describing and explaining sound sources
-explaining how different sounds travel
During our English lessons we focused on the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. By the
end of the unit we composed a biography of his life.
Saving Our World
This half term we became much more aware of the environment around us and our impact on the world. We learned all about:
- The Water Cycle
- Food Chains and animal survival
- Understanding our responsibilities for the environment, including Global Warming
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Recyclable materials
We can't wait to reduce our carbon footprint!
We also went on a fantastic educational visit to Martin Mere where we saw the water cycle and food chains in real life!
In English, we looked at novels as a theme through the text Varmints.
We have LOVED our project this half term! Here are some of the lessons that we have done:
- Evaluating chocolate preferences in our classes. We linked this to English by using adventurous descriptive vocabulary such as:
Appearance- glossy, shiny, dull, mottled, waxy, discoloured, even coloured…
Taste- bitter, creamy, sweet, spicy, sweet, sour, salty…
Texture- soft, silky, gritty,hard, mushy, crunchy, smooth, lumpy, crumbly…
Smell: Rich, sweet, earthy, nutty, floral, fruity, dairy, caramel, nuts, coffee, dried fruits…We also linked this to mathematics by creating bar charts to represent our preferences.
- Investigating the process of making chocolate.
- Designing our own chocolate treat- this linked well with our English work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
- Exploring the importance of Fair Trade.
- Researching the history of the Cadbury's family.
In English, we looked at the genres of fantasy and non-chronological report through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Rochdale and Heptonstall
This half term, we researched 2 contrasting locations in our project. We have learned:
*OS Map symbols
*Map reading skills, including 4 digit grid references
*The difference between human and physical features
*The different features found in urban, rural, mountainous, coastal and industrial localities
*How to describe the geographical features of Rochdale
*How to describe the geographical features of Heptonstall
*How to compare Rochdale with Heptonstall
We even had the opportunity to visit Heptonstall on an educational visit. We loved being in the countryside! Whilst we were there, we made a list of all the features we saw so that we could create our very own map of Heptonstall back in school - we were amazing at applying our knowledge of OS map symbols! We also completed a quiz and trail in Heptonstall to help us notice all of the historical features including the cobbled streets, the oldest house and the three graveyards!
In English, we have looked at Issues and Dilemmas in Narrative through the text Heart In a Bottle, as well as Explanation Texts when explaining the locality of Heptonstall.
We are really looking forward to learning all about Ancient Rome.
We will be visiting Chester for the Dewa Roman Experience on 10th July!